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bug #56357: pkg: allow more package metadata file names and file extensions

Submitter:  Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Submitted:  Mon 20 May 2019 09:19:17 PM UTC
Category:  Octave Function Severity:  1 - Wish
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Feature Request
Status:  None Assigned to:  None
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Release:  * dev Operating System:  * Any
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Mon 20 May 2019 09:19:17 PM UTC, original submission:  

The `pkg` command currently requires a package to have a license file named exactly 'COPYING', which does conform to GNU standards. It also requires the package news file to be named exactly 'NEWS', if it is present, also conforming to GNU standards.

Ideally the `pkg` command would be more lenient in what file names it accepts and interprets for these purposes.

  • COPYING - also accept files named COPYRIGHT or LICENSE
  • NEWS - also accept files named CHANGELOG, CHANGES, or HISTORY

All of these files names should also be allowed with an optional file extension of .txt, .md, or .rst.

This would allow package developers to follow other preferences or standards, and the `pkg` command will still handle and present that information to the end user.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
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